Greater Manas Tiger Reserve

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Oct. 24: Forest officials of Manas National Park of both India and Bhutan will go ahead with tiger estimation in both countries simultaneously for the first time.

The idea behind the exercise, which will be done through camera-trapping, is to study the movement of tigers in contiguous areas.

“A meeting, the first of its kind, will be held at Manas National Park on November 10 where officials from Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan will be coming to discuss the modalities,” A. Swargiari, field director of the park, told to news agencies.

At the meeting, the coordination part of the project, patrolling and protection will be discussed.

The estimated date of tiger estimation has been fixed as November 15.

Bivash Pandav from the World Wide Fund will coordinate the camera-trapping for Royal Manas in Bhutan.

Pandav had recently come to Manas in India to discuss the issue with Swargiari.

At Manas India, camera-trapping will be done at Bansbari, Bhuyanpara and Panbari.

“Camera-trapping will obviously help in getting pictures of other animals too,” Swargiari said.

Swargiari said the forest department of Bodoland Territorial Council had been informed of the exercise and they, too, have agreed to come to the meeting.

Experts from Aaranyak, a wildlife non-government organisation, have also agreed to help Manas India in camera-trapping.

Another issue to be discussed at the meeting is the creation of a Greater Manas, together with the existence of Royal Manas in Bhutan and Manas in India, which will provide an important guarantee for the integrity of the property and long-term conservation of the values for which it was inscribed on the World Heritage List.

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